April 17, 2009
Issue No. 6
Fitchburg State College's student newspaper
FSC FILE PHOTO
With parking spaces at a premium on campus, students leave their cars at the Civic Center and then
take the shuttle back and forth.
No parking: Students
have to pay the price
By John McGinn
Lack of sufficient commuter
parking spaces is not a new prob-
lem for students at Fitchburg State
College. Each and every year,
commuters get the shaft with
parking on campus - and this year
has been no different.
"Parking here is horrible," said
Mike Geary, a junior at FSC.
"You can't get a space on campus
so you have to park on the side
streets. If you do that and the
people that live on the street don't
like it, they will call the cops and
you will get towed."
As the college admits more
students each year, the issue with
commuter parking is sure to grow
Most commuter students have
been issued at least one parking
ticket in their time at FSC.
AnnMarie Caprio Dunton,
interim director of housing and
residential services, stated, "Since
Sept. 1, 2008 through March 31,
2009, there have been 1,822 park-
ing citations written, which totals
$99,800." It should be noted
that although $99,800 worth of
citations were given out, some
of those were overturned in an
appeal process. Also, $22,000 of
that citation money has been con-
tributed to FSC's scholarship fund
in the last year.
Many people would think that
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lives up to name
By Carlie Roy
Next month, for the sec-
ond year in a row, something
really special will take place
on the Fitchburg State College
The Special Olympics,
which last year brought more
than 450 athletes to FSC, will
be held here again on May,
1, from 8:15 a.m. to about 2
It takes a large number of
dedicated volunteers to put
on this event, which organiz-
ers say is meant to bring one
message to the world: "People
with intellectual disabilities
can and will succeed if given
And at FSC, there is one
volunteer who has taken on
the largest role of them all.
Maria Cavarretta, the
women's indoor and outdoor
track and field captain, has
also taken on the role of event
director for this year's North
Central School Day Games of
the Special Olympics.
"Being a part of the Spe-
cial Olympics last year was
so remarkable that I knew I
wanted to take part in it again,"
"I chose to take on a leader-
ship role because I had a lot
of ideas for the program and
wanted to make a difference in
these athletes' lives."
Some of the duties of the
Special Olympics photo
Athletes go for glory in the
event director include planning
fund-raisers, organizing meet-
ings, and coordinating com-
munication with the Special
Olympics, the community, and
"Although this is a time-
consuming job, seeing the
smiles of the athletes on the
day of the event makes it all
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How does Shakepeare
sound in a Wild West
can find out for
themselves at MainStage
"The Taming of the
Shrew. " The play, set
in Wyoming in 1890,
offers a new look at
Story on Page 2.
Staff photo by John McGinn
2 -April 17,2009
'Shrew' production doesn't have to be tame
By Mark Smolak
What do you do if you find yourself
bored one night? Do you think about going
to a movie?
How about going to a play instead?
Nothing beats the experience of seeing
actors perform in a live production, accord-
ing the Kelly Morgan, a professor in the
English department's theater track.
"Seeing a play live means that the
performance that evening is for those that
night only," Morgan says.
"Today, so many students live with
iPods, their cell phones, on the computer
and in front of the television. This is break-
ing away from these electronic forms of
communication to experience live enter-
Students can experience it for them-
selves by attending MainStage performanc-
es of "The Taming of the Shrew," to be
presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 23-25; 2
p.m. on April 26; 7:30 p.m. on April 29; 6
p.m. on April 30; and 7:30 p.m. on May 1
and 2. Performances will be held in McKay
Auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for students,
staff, and senior citizens; $10 for the gen-
There will also be a special free perfor-
mance at 4:30 p.m. on April 22, scheduled
to coincide with "Visions."
Morgan is directing the production,
which he says has actually been three years
in the making.
"I chose this play because I have had a
concept brewing in my mind about how to
bring this story to campus in a way that will
connect to [students] while still honoring
the intent of Shakespeare," Morgan says.
Staff photo by John McGinn
Wyoming in 1890 isn 't the most likely place to find Shakespeare - but it's a good place
to start, as it provides the setting for Fitchburg State College's "The Taming of the
The concept was to present the play as a
Western, Morgan says, set in a Wild West
saloon just days before Wyoming is granted
statehood and becomes the first state to
grant women the right to vote.
"It offers questions about sexist aspects
"It offers questions
about sexist aspects
of great literature
and the true intent
of Shakespeare for
this play. It is also a
lot of fun, as we
have added a bar
fight, saloon girls
and dancing. "
- Kelly Morgan
of great literature and the true intent of
Shakespeare for this play," Morgan says.
"It is also a lot of fun, as we have added a
bar fight, saloon girls and dancing as well
as early women's rights songs and poetry."
It all adds up to a worthwhile experi-
ence, according to student Tyler Welch,
who directed "Three One-Act Plays by
Christopher Durang" in March at FSC.
"The actors and actions on stage evoke
feelings and emotions that cause one to
either get angry, or sad, or maybe even pee
their pants with laughter," Welsh says.
"Not only that, but you are also support-
ing the arts and seeing what talented and
amazing people are on campus."
Welsh says he has seen attendance
increasing for theater events on campus,
and it's a trend he hopes will continue. "We
have some great venues here, amazing on-
campus talent, and spectacular theater and
tech-theater programs," Welch says.
FSC file photo
Special events, such as the Great Move-In, can add to the parking confusion on campus.
Lots of parking issues on campus
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paying $50 dollars for your commuter
parking pass would entitle you to a park-
ing space on campus.
Here at FSC, that's not the case.
Giving out more passes than there are
spaces is one major reason why it is nearly
impossible to find a spot in one of the lots.
With only three commuter parking lots
on the main campus, many students are
forced to park at the Wallace Civic Center;
the general consensus is that student's don't
"I have been dealing with the Civic Cen-
ter parking lot for years," said Vito Desilva,
"The shuttle bus is never on time and if
you end up walking, it can be dangerous."
In the winter months, sidewalks between
the Civic Center and campus are not cleared,
forcing students to walk in the street with
cars speeding by them. Once spring rolls
around, those same sidewalks are covered
One possible solution to the parking
woes on campus would be a dependable
Unfortunately at FSC, the shuttle buses
seem to travel on their own schedules. The
shuttle, which is serviced by the Mon-
tachusett Regional Transit Authority, is
scheduled to run in 15-minute routes from
the Civic Center through campus and to
the MBTA Commuter Rail station. As most
MART shuttle users at FSC can tell you,
waiting for a shuttle can sometimes take 45
minutes or longer.
Clearly, the parking situation on the
Fitchburg State campus is one that needs
to be addressed. If the college intends to
herd as many students as they can to the
Civic Center parking lot, then they need to
provide a timely and reliable shuttle service
to get to the main campus.
With student numbers rising, we can
only hope that serious changes will be
made to make the commuter students' daily
trip to campus more pleasant.
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worthwhile," Cavarretta said.
It takes a whole team of support
personnel to make this event a suc-
cess: Special Olympics personnel,
volunteers, people who make dona-
tions, and also spectators.
If you would like to volunteer or
make a donation to this year's Special
Olympics, you can either stop by Dr.
Laurie DeRosa's office at McKay in
room B 137, or you can contact Maria
Cavarretta at email@example.com.
edu to make arrangements.
If you are unable to commit a full
day to volunteer and if money is too
tight to donate, you might want to help
out as one of the "Fan in the Stands,"
which is equally important.
These athletes need fans to cheer
for them just like all other athletes,
so come on down to Elliot Field on
Friday, May 1 .
The Fitchburg State College com-
munity recently welcomed two new
employees, Crystal Joseph and Kris-
Both are working for Expanding
Horizons - Joseph as director, and
Nelson as staff assistant/coordinator
for career and mentor programs.
The department supervisor is Stan
Vincent Tranfaglia is launching his new company, Blind Faith Pic-
tures, with help from Fitch burg State College intern Sarah Taylor.
Blind Faith puts
the focus on film
By Ashley Galicia
Lights! Cameras! A green car-
pet? Well, that is what they'll he
rolling out for the Blind Faith
The new film studio's big kick-
off event is designed to show that
it's going green and also trying
to bring jobs back into New Eng-
Sarah Taylor, a student at
Fitchburg State College, is cur-
rently interning at Blind Faith
Pictures, and helped put together
It will be held April 23 at the
Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI,
and the public is invited to pur-
chase tickets and attend.
Taylor said a number of celeb-
rities will be attending, as well.
"Some of the confirmed guests
are [Miss Massachusetts] Cris-
tina Nardozzi, [television actress]
Susie Castillo, [WJAR-TV Chan-
nel 1 meteorologist and reporter]
RJ Heim, and [Foo Fighters key-
boardist] Rami Jaffee."
Vincent Tranfaglia, the presi-
dent and executive producer of
Blind Faith Pictures, hopes his
company can help independent
filmmakers launch their dreams
"We really want to kick off
an explosion of business activity,
bringing people and businesses
together to stimulate the local
economy and create jobs," says
He also wants to help ease the
current economic crisis by provid-
ing jobs for the arts and entertain-
In addition, he hopes his plan
for going green and being an eco-
friendly movie studio will encour-
age other companies to do the
same. "Blind Faith Pictures will
become a multi-faceted arts and
entertainment corporation in the
next two years, with the ability
to serve a variety of production
needs." according to the com-
pany's promotional material.
Along with helping filmmak-
ers, Blind Faith is making an
effort to help New England chari-
ties. Some of the profits of this
first green-carpet event will be
donated to the House of Compas-
sion, a non-profit boarding house
in Cumberland, Rl that serves
low-income persons suffering
from HIV and AIDS.
Upon learning that financial
problems could force the house
to close its doors, Blind Faith
stepped in to help.
That help is appreciated by
residents such as Noel Johnson, a
53-year-old who has been living
with HIV for the past 1 years.
"I'm on top of my game," he
says, giving credit to the house
where he enjoys his own bedroom
and a "family" environment for
$174 a month. "Here you are a
human with dignity and respect,"
Taylor and Tranfaglia say they
have a lot of faith in the new stu-
dio and its potential to help those
in the film industry and beyond.
They plan to offer new film-
makers a chance to send in their
work, or even get a job behind the
For information on purchas-
ing tickets for the kickoff event,
go to http://blindfaithpictures.
funny side of family
By Lee Martin
In these times of unrest, it's
important to remember and keep
a firm grasp on the familial
bonds we share. Few know that
better than actress Antoinette
LaVecchia, who will be per-
forming her one-woman show
"In Spite of Myself (or How to
be a Good Italian Daughter),"
here on campus on May 1 .
"It's a love story between a
mother and daughter," LaVec-
chia says of her act.
"These people are trying to
understand each other, but one
is an Americanized woman and
the other is a former immigrant.
It's really funny, because of the
culture clash present."
Reviewers have described the
show as hilarious and full of
heart, which is something that
LaVecchia says she understands
all too well.
"I think people like this
because the Italian culture in
general is just full of warmth
and humor. I think they can
relate to it very well."
Apart from her family, inspi-
ration for LaVecchia comes from
... well ... everywhere!
"The newspapers, my stu-
dents, my experiences, other
plays, life, everything - 1 think as
an artist, that's what you aspire
to. When you're not inspired
by anything it's harder to move
As an actress, LaVecchia has
appeared in numerous stage pro-
ductions, and has made several
appearances in films and televi-
sion. She has also performed
for more than 2,000 people at
In the span of her career she's
worked alongside actors includ-
ing Steve Buscemi, Gina Ger-
shon, Ralph Macchio, and Billy
Crudup, in numerous dramatic
and comedic roles.
Whether she prefers to work
in theater, film, or TV is a toss-
up for her.
"Theater is what I know best,
but film and TV excite me,"
Antoinette LaVecchia is bringing her one-woman show, "In
Spite of Myself, " to FSC on May 1.
LaVecchia says. "I've had 20
years of theater experience, but
the newness of TV and film still
interests me. It's enjoyable to do
She adds, however, "There's
a certain fun element to per-
forming live on stage with an
audience that can't be emulated
with a TV or film audience."
When not performing, LaVec-
chia says she enjoys physical
activity, especially yoga. More
than anything, however, she just
enjoys working her job, writing
"I'm a little too immersed in
what I do to have conventional
hobbies," she says. "Essentially
my career is my life."
After appearing on campus,
LaVecchia has plans for a new
theater performance she's been
working on, called "Village Sto-
ries." The show will follow hun-
dreds of years of activity taking
place in her birthplace in Italy.
"I've already begun work-
shopping it, and I can't wait to
get it going, because it's very
close to my heart," she says.
LaVecchia will he performing
at 7 p.m. on May 1, in Percival
Auditorium. Tickets can still be
purchased through CenterStage.
Picture-perfect fund-raiser set
By Arianne Avellino
It is said that a picture is
worth a thousand words. But
can a picture motivate people to
volunteer their time for a good
Fitchburg State photography
majors Brian Smith and Gina
Descarreaux have created a
photo exhibition for the Salva-
tion Army in hopes of doing
The Fitchburg branch of the
Salvation Army is looking to
attract more people to volunteer,
donate, and utilize the services
offered. One way they are try-
ing to reach the community is
through the "Good-Wil" Sun-
day brunch event, run by local
performer Wil Darcangelo, fea-
turing a photo exhibition that
highlights what the Salvation
Army is all about.
The task given to Smith
and Descarreaux, two students
whose public-relations class
is working with the Salvation
Army, was to create an exposi-
tion of 30 or so photos capturing
the essence of the good work
done by this organization.
They decided to approach it
by evoking emotion from view-
ers through photographs that
focus on the children helped by
the Salvation Army.
The photographers want to
show how children gain from
the efforts of this organization.
"We hope to raise people's
awareness about the Salvation
Army," Smith said. "Most don't
know the extent of what they do.
We also want to make people
aware that they can donate to
the Salvation Army by not only
attending the exhibit, but by
purchasing our work, all of the
profits of which will go right
back to the organization."
The "Good-Wil" brunch and
photo exhibition will take place
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19,
in the Fitchburg Senior Center
at 1 4 Wallace Ave. Tickets cost
$12 for adults and $8 for chil-
dren. Proceeds will benefit the
Blue Star Mothers of America
Leominster Chapter 1 .
4 -April 17,2008
See a twinkle of 'Twilight'
By Kara Noonan
I am sure most of you have heard
the chatter surrounding Stephenie Meyer's
It seems that the pages have been caught
in the wind and blown onto the doorsteps
of every female romance-novel lover. My
friends are reading them, my co-workers,
and even my professors. All this jabber
enticed me into opening up the 500 paged,
first of the series "Twilight" (Little, Brown
I soon found myself engrossed in Mey-
er's exquisite descriptions that allow you
to seemingly see, taste, smell, and touch
what the narrator and protagonist, Bella, is
Bella is an ordinary girl, a bit uncoordi-
nated, and likes to keep to herself. She has
just recently come to live with her father
in Forks, Washington; it's a place that sees
more rain than anywhere in the United
States. But through all the gloom she
discovers Edward Cullen, whose chiseled
good looks and ravenous stare intrigue her.
Only, Edward seems a bit peculiar. He
begins avoiding her, then following her.
Soon Bella demands the truth about him,
even though he warns her that getting too
close to him is not in her best interest.
Edward Cullen is a vampire.
He does not drink the blood of humans
Photo by Annapur
After reading "Twilight, "fans can go on to collect the other books in the series.
though, as he is sort of a vegetarian, but this
does not mean that he has lost all craving
for it. Besides the great risk involved Bella
and Edward spiral further into a great love
affair and Bella soon finds herself face to
face with things she always believed only
existed in nightmares.
A compelling love story demands seem-
ingly impossible obstacles that the lovers
must hurdle over. Twilight has this. Edward
needs to gain approval from his vampire
family as well as overcome his thirst for
Bella's blood. Bella sacrifices her parents,
her friends, and herself all for love. It is
how we imagine love should feel. I know
I was left wondering where my Edward
Meet your virtual neighbors
in Animal Crossing: City Folk
By Kevin Chaple
The Animal Crossing franchise is based
on a simple concept: You play the part of a
character moving into a new house in a new
town. Upon arriving, you meet Tom Nook,
who happens to own the properly you just
moved into. He explains the loan you owe
him and gives you a part-time job working
for him to pay it off.
This initiates a basic training sequence
in which you do a few random tasks -
making deliveries, mailing letters, planting
trees - for Nook, while also learning the
basics of the game.
Once you've finished the basic tasks,
you're on your own to continue exploring
your town. You don't even have to pay
your mortgage off. If you do, however,
Nook upgrades your house; this will give
you another loan to pay off, which in turn
allows for upgrades to repeat. Upgrad-
ing your house is definitely worthwhile,
as Nook's shop has a changing variety of
home furnishings available for purchase
and you're definitely going to need more
room for all the stuff you buy!
On paper, this may sound pretty boring.
Working in a game to pay off a mortgage?
It's not fun in real life, so why would it
make a game interesting?
Amazingly, it actually is fun. It's also
incredibly addicting. Really, you can
do whatever you want. You can also go
online with friends and visit one another's
The best thing about Animal Crossing is,
it's real-time world. If you play the game at
night, it will be night in your town. If you
play in the winter, there will be snow on the
ground in your town. If you play on Christ-
mas, you'll find Jingle the reindeer visiting
your town, giving out presents.
This real -world connection with seasons
and time of day also carries over to the bugs
and fish you find. Mosquitoes, for example,
Seasonal activities are part of the fun in the Wii game Animal Crossing: City Folk.
can only be caught in the summer. Some
creatures are rarer than others, making the
collecting aspect particularly fun.
Sharks are a difficult catch and therefore
carry a heftier amount of bells, should you
sell to Nook. There is also a museum in
town where you can donate your fish and
bugs, as well as fossils you may dig up to
assemble dinosaurs. Rare paintings you
pick up in the city can be donated to the
museum, provided you didn't get suckered
into buying a forgery. The museum makes
the collecting process that much more
The only problem with Animal Cross-
ing: City Folk is that, in all honesty, it isn't
much of an upgrade from the franchise's
previous installment, Animal Crossing:
Wild World, released in 2005 for the por-
table Nintendo DS.
The city area is the biggest change, but
there really isn't that much to do in the city.
In fact, if you're playing late at night after
the shops close, there's barely anything you
can do. Taking the bus to the city from your
town is barely ever worth the time.
You can pick City Folk up alone at
$49.99 or bundled with WiiSpeak at $69.99.
WiiSpeak is a small microphone you place
on top of your television to pick up the
sound from the room, allowing you to talk
to others in-game when playing online. At
this time, Animal Crossing is the only game
using WiiSpeak, but Nintendo has also
released the free WiiSpeak Channel online,
allowing users to chat.
While it might not be the best Wii game
out there, it's definitely the one you'll get
the most out of, thanks mainly to the previ-
ously mentioned changing seasons.
The activities and events listed here
barely scratch the surface of all you can do
in the game. Even if you play half an hour
a day for a year, you'll still have plenty left
to do. There is always something going on
in Animal Crossing.
By John Ochiltree
One always has a sense of dread with
the books being assigned at the begin-
ning of the semester. Students look at the
pile of books with disbelieving eyes and
say, "There's nothing worthwhile here."
That was the attitude when a book fell
into this author's lap for a World Litera-
ture class. The book was "The Oblivion
Seekers" by Isabelle Eberhardt.
"The Oblivion Seekers" is a collec-
tion of short stories by a woman whose
life was more interesting then one would
Born as an illegitimate daughter to
Swiss royalty and raised as a boy, Eber-
hardt excelled in learning. Her father
wanted his daughter to be educated, and
she soon became a polyglot, even speak-
She later emigrated from France to
Algeria, where she converted to Islam.
She met a man who would later become
her husband, she wrote about her travels
and the people she met, and she hung
out in kif bars. Kif, for those who don't
know, is the Algerian equivalent of mari-
So right now you must be thinking,
"Wow, this girl is pretty cool." Well, she
later settles down in a remote hut to get
to writing, when a flash flood swoops
by, killing her and her husband. She
Kind of makes you think, "Man, what
have I been doing with my life? She was
only 28 and she did all that really cool
The book itself is beautifully written.
Eberhardt had a way with words that few
authors today possess.
She wrote stories with themes that
were, at the time, sensitive to most Euro-
peans. The stories deal with the French
occupation of Algeria, European views
of the East, and the West's relations with
the Muslim world.
Most of the stories are incredibly
memorable, especially the one titled
"Criminal." It tells the story of an Algeri-
an man who sells his farm to the French,
only to be financially shafted by them.
He becomes very poor and is forced to
work for some bourgeois Frenchmen.
The old man gets his revenge by setting
fire to the rich man's barn. Violence was
his only way to get back at the rich.
I highly recommend reading this
book. It's only 80 pages and it is a really
quick read. It won't take up too much of
your time. So go and take it out from a
library, buy it, or I'll even let you borrow
it from me.
Clip art on a locker shows Isabelle
Eberhardt is still an inspiration.
April 17, 2009-5
Internships communicate a future
By Dwight Stearns
What are you doing for the rest of your
This is a question that we ask ourselves
more and more as we get older. It's the rea-
son that we go to school.
But there is one final step that many stu-
dents must take before being flung out into
the real-world workforce: the internship.
Dana Volke, a senior at Fitchburg State
College, is doing an internship at WBZ
news in Boston.
"I'm really excited," Volke said. "It
wasn't until this past year that I really knew
what I wanted to do."
Like all communications majors, Volke
had to attend four meetings run by Dr.
It was here that he learned about how to
make a portfolio, resume, and how to do a
The demo/portfolio defense is argu-
ably the most important part of the whole
"Going into the defense. I was super
scared," Volke said. "Looking back, I don't
know why I was. All you need to do is be
prepared and put your best foot forward."
The contents of a demo/portfolio will
vary according to what students are attempt-
The WBZ news van is on the scene in Boston, setting up for a report.
ing to do on their internships. For example,
a video demo reel consists of three to four
clips that clock in at anywhere from one to
The best suggestion that Volke has to
offer those preparing their own demo reels/
portfolios is to make sure that they use their
most professional work.
"The mistake that I made was not keep-
ing track of all my work throughout the
years." he said. "I had to create special
clips specifically for my reel."
After the defense, which is done in front
of a panel of three professors, the students
are offered internships that best suit their
interests and abilities.
While they aren't always what the stu-
dents think they want, it is often for the
Matthew Keene, a graduate of FSC, went
to Norton Public Access, which wasn't his
"I wanted to go out to L.A., but that
didn't end up happening," Keene said.
"However, Norton ended up being the
right fit. and now I have a pretty decent
job that will act as a springboard for what
I want to do."
Volke also said some experience in
public access, which he put on his resume.
"Anything that you can do to help yourself
out is crucial," he said.
"Any sort of work will help you learn."
He contends that the process will be dif-
ferent for everyone.
"Once you figure out what you want
to do, the rest sort of falls into place," he
"This school [FSC] is very techni-
cal, so we have skills that most other
college kids don't have any idea about."
both physical and
Camp helps build
By Craig R. Transue
Are you looking for a summer
experience away from New Eng-
land that will also help you in the
Leader's Training Camp is a
fast-paced, four week summer
During LTC, a student cadet
will learn how the military trains
"At first, I didn't know what
to expect," said Student Cadet
Patrick Dolan. "But when I got
there and started training, it all
At training, student cadets will
be participating in activities that
will challenge them physically
and mentally. The objective of
LTC is to build leaders mentally
"At LTC, the counselors
allowed me to take charge and
train," said Dolan. The experi-
ence student cadets gain from
LTC can be applied to student
lifestyles and carried on through
to the work place.
"Instructors drilled methods
of being successful and why it's
important to be a solid moral
character in the workplace,"
Those student cadets who
choose to sign up for the four-
week summer course will be
going to Fort Knox, KY.
Student Cadet Anthony Grass-
ini was intrigued that he got to
leave New England for once and
explained, "Being from New
England, I have not traveled a lot.
Going to LTC was an adventure
At Fort Knox, student cadets
will learn how the military works
and train how the military trains.
ROTC Cadets in training building a single rope bridge.
The course is broken up into
two sections: classroom course
training and field training. For
instance, cadets will be learn-
ing military courtesies, military
structure, and military life in the
In field environments, cadets
will be training and getting famil-
iar with combat water survival
training, basic rifle marksman-
ship, situational training exer-
cises, and leadership reaction
"Not only was I able to fire an
assault rifle, but I was also taught
weapon discipline. Weapon disci-
pline is important. You can't have
just anybody carry a weapon,
especially an assault rifle," said
Once on the ground, cadets
will be broken up into teams,
and rotations will start in group
leadership. For example, the
class leader will be in charge of
accountability in the classroom.
"Managing a team and its
resources gave me the ability to
multitask and gave me more con-
fidence when making decisions,"
In the field, the team leader
will be in charge of receiving
an assignment, issuing a warn-
ing order of the assignment and
making necessary movements to
accomplish the mission. Grassini
said, "Knowing the troop leading
procedure helps me tremendously
in the civilian world."
Any qualified freshman or
sophomore college student can
Enrolling in LTC does not
mean you have to be obligated to
LTC is designed for a student
who wants to get a feel for the
Army to see if he or she is inter-
ested in joining. It can also be for
those students who want to learn
leader training skills.
For students who want to be
challenged this summer, enroll-
ment is open. Go down to the
ROTC office in room 110 of
Thompson Hall, or call at 978-
For further information and an
in-depth description of LTC, visit
By Lee Martin
In these troubled times more
than ever, the public has needed
fresh new doctors, nurses, and
medics of all types to look out for
the public good.
Amanda Marcil, a nursing
major from Fitchburg State Col-
lege, understands that all too well,
but has more than the public good
"At the risk of sounding cli-
che," Marcil has said of her career
aspiration, "I've wanted to do this
since I was really little."
Marcil, a resident of Lunen-
burg, lives off-campus, in her own
words "two seconds away from
As a student with relatives who
have worked at FSC, she enjoys
the campus a good deal. Her father
currently works here, she said, and
her mother used to, so she feels a
strong sense of familiarity with
the campus. "It's like I lived there,
I know the place front to back."
Marcil enjoys junk food, watch-
ing reality TV, and listening to all
sorts of music, "except really hard
rock." In her spare time she has
been learning how to play the
piano. She used to also play the
flute, but as she puts it: "It was
After she earns her degree, Mar-
cil has her future all mapped out.
At some point in the near future
she plans to get married. "But I
don't want any kids," she adds ^
with a laugh. And then she hopes
to travel. "I'd love to see Europe,"
she says. "It looks amazing."
6 -April 17, 2009
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7 - April 17.2009
October 26, 2007 ~ 7
Laptops: weapons of mass distraction?
By Craig R. Transue
Have you ever been in a class
where the student in front of you
spends the entire semester surfing
the Internet while you try to stay
Currently at Fitchburg State
College, many professors have
authorized their students to bring
in laptops to take notes and par-
ticipate in class assignments.
The problem with this is that
as the professor is up front teach-
ing, many of the students with
laptops are distracting not only
themselves, but also the students
Many of the individuals who
bring their laptops to class know
they won't be able to pay atten-
tion but do it anyway.
"Occasionally, meaning all the
time, if the professor gives me
the opportunity to bring in my
laptop, I will take advantage of it
and surf the Net the whole class,"
says Nick Bruegge, a current FSC
"When it comes to using my
personal laptop in class, it is a
total distraction," Bruegge says.
"I am not saying it hinders my
learning; I am just not there, I am
Yet laptops can be a useful tool
in the classroom.
They give students the ability
to download course documents,
use Microsoft Word to type notes
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When students have the discipline to avoid distraction, laptops can be useful tools in the classroom.
in a faster, more organized man-
ner, and do quick research on
the fly to answer a professor's
Bringing laptops to class also
allows students to be more flex-
ible with their schedules.
With students going to three
and four classes a day, eating, and
going to work, the ability to bring
one laptop instead of a backpack
full of notebooks can be a huge
"With my computer, I know I
can juggle my college, military
[ROTC], civilian, and personal
lives more manageably," explains
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So, does having a personal
computer in class actually help or
The answer seems to depend
on the individual who is using it.
What can be a distraction for one
student can be a huge advantage
for another. For some students,
the laptop might even be both.
"When it comes
to using my
in class, it is a
I am not saying
it hinders my
learning; I am
just not there,
I am in
- Nick Bruegge
"Personal computers can go both
ways," Bruegge says. "They can
either allow me to check the lat-
est Red Sox score or they can
allow me to be more flexible and
accomplish college work to get
me ahead in classes."
For those who cannot sepa-
rate their personal life from their
school life, bringing a laptop to
class might be a bad decision.
Whatever your position on the
topic is, it's important to remem-
ber that by surfing the Internet
during class you hurt not only
your GPA, but the students around
you as well.
Rotaract club puts
the focus on service
By Lisa McKeon
Are you looking for the ulti-
mate resume builder and a chance
to help yourself as well as oth-
ers? That's what's being offered
to Fitchburg State College stu-
dents who join the Rotaract
club on campus.
club for men and
women ages 1 8
to 30, Rotaract
clubs are either
based; there are
than 7,000 Rota-
ract clubs world-
wide. "This club will open new
doors and a new opportunity," said
FSC graduate Michael F. Ellis,
who is now a district governor of
Rotary International. "It is truly a
leadership experience that few of
your peers have embraced."
The Rotaract club does not
only focus on local community-
service projects, but helps people
in need worldwide.
"In the past we had an Xbox
tournament to raise money for
an orphanage in Peru," said FSC
student Amanda Grant, president
of the club on campus. "It is a
great feeling to help others. Also,
our club plants and maintains the
flowers on Main Street."
Grant continued, "We have a
really fun event coming up, a
fashion show in May."
Jhalisa Potts, a sophomore, is a
new member of the Rotaract club.
"I'm happy that I joined because
it gives me something to do on
campus," Potts said. "The
and friendly. I
we are holding
by Kohl's and presented by the
members of the club, is going to
take place at the district confer-
ence in May.
The enthusiasm from the mem-
bers and committee is not limited
to club events.
It's a great way to meet people
in all different types of careers,
Grant said, providing an excep-
tional opportunity for networking.
And, she said, "This will look
fantastic on your resume."
Ellis urged anyone who is bored
to think about joining. "The idea
of service is fun; it doesn't have
to be a drag," he said. "It brings
change and hope to our commu-
nity and others ... and you'll feel
the fellowship of Rotary."
8 -April 17, 2009
Strong showing for track teams
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The Fitchburg State men's and women's
outdoor track and field team competed at
the George Davis Invitational hosted by
UMass Lowell on Easter weekend.
Sophomore Matt Muolo (Stoneham,
Mass./Stoneham) led the Falcons with two,
top- 10 finishes en route to being named the
MASCAC Field Player of the Week for the
second time this season.
Muolo collects the weekly honor after
leading Fitchburg State in the field, earning
a top finish in the javelin (55.03 meters)
and a seventh=place finish in the shot-put
On the track, junior Alex Ivanov (Carl-
isle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) led the Fitch-
burg State men's team, placing fourth in the
1 1 0-meter hurdles with a time of 1 7.44 sec-
onds. Sophomore Devon Jennings (Brock-
ton, Mass./Brockton) also ran strong for the
Falcons, finishing sixth overall in the 100-
meter dash (11.61), while freshman Brian
Mountain (Southwick, Mass./Southwick-
Tolland) notched an eighth-place finish in
the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.17
For the women, junior Lindsay Supre-
nant (Feeding Hills, Mass./Agawam) led
Fitchburg State with two top- 10 finishes,
including a fourth-place finish in the ham-
mer throw with a distance of 34.23 meters.
Suprenant was also solid in the women's
shot-put, finishing 10th in the event with a
distance of 9.32 meters
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